Blade Runner 2049 is set to follow Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) 30 years after the events of the groundbreaking first film, as a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), uncovers a long-buried secret.
We still don't know much about the plot of 2049 or the new brand of Replicants, but we have been getting more and more clues about the film's lead villain, Niander Wallace, who is played by Oscar-winner Jared Leto. Warner Bros. is taking fans down the road to 2049 by showing glimpses of what Wallace has been up to in the years prior.
Over the past week, fans have been treated with short clips on the official Blade Runner 2049 social media accounts, which show Wallace's rise to power two decades before the events of the new film; he took over the Tyrell Corporation in 2028.
By the year 2030, Wallace had made advances in the field of genetic modifications to combat issues such as world hunger. In addition to his scientific breakthroughs, he broke barriers by creating newer, more obedient Replicants.
Now thanks to Collider, we can further explore the year 2036, when Niander Wallace unexpectedly introduced his new (and then illegal) line of "Nexus 9" Replicants. The short clip, titled 2036: Nexus Dawn, is directed by Luke Scott and serves as one of three prequel featurettes that will drop prior to the release of Blade Runner 2049. Watch it below:
A main point of these featurettes is to introduce moviegoers to the legislation that followed the events in the original Blade Runner, which basically prohibits Replicant technology. As you can tell from this rather unsettling debut of Wallace, he doesn't seem to agree with the law.
In addition to seeing the realistic scale of the new model Replicants, we are getting a glimpse of just how menacing this new villain will be. Does Niander Wallace have some first-hand experience testing and experimenting with his own technology? And is Wallace human or Replicant?
We will soon have all of the answers when Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on October 6, 2017.